No time...and other issues.

Hello.(: I'm 17-year old curly-haired girl in my senior year of high school, and I've only JUST figured out this weekend some of the things I've been doing wrong with my hair--such as brushing it. So THAT'S why all that frizz was there and I looked like a hobo.;3

Now, I'm happy to figure all of this out, but I just have so many issues right now. I just got my hair cut fairly short(shoulder-length and layered like mad)--too short to put up into a ponytail or bun at night; I seem to be allergic or irritated by every styling product that comes within a foot of me; and I have a very short amount of time to get ready in the morning so that means I shower at night as opposed to the morning.

So, I need some advice. What can I possibly do to keep the curl in the mornings without any styling products? I was thinking a spray bottle of water, maybe? I'd really appreciate any ideas or advice.(: Thanks.< 3

Edit: This is a really awful pre-no brushing epiphany picture, but this is quite honestly still what it looks like in the mornings:

IT'S CURLS, I SWEAR. Like a said...hobo.:x

Last edited by Tinurix; 09-30-2008 at 09:12 PM. Reason: picture
Do you know what exactly you are allergic to? What are the symptoms? A lot of curlies with allergies have turned to using all-natural or at least mostly natural hair products and have had great success.

I have long hair, myself, so I can't help with how to preserve curls if they are too short to put in a loose, high ponytail overnight (called a pineapple 'round these parts).

Some natural products/brands off the top of my head: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, Karen's Body Beautiful, Oyin Handmade, Kinky-Curly.

Also, try the all-natural forum and the recipes forum for making your own flax seed hair gel. It's pretty easy, and it will make curls shiny and defined, with out any crunchy feeling or irritating chemicals or preservatives. It might be worth a shot, hope that helps
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Have you tried using aloe vera gel in your hair? It's a more natural alternative to most of the gels you can find in drugstores, you probably won't have a reaction to it. Personally I find that if I spray/wet my hair with water after it's dry it gets frizzier, but I'm sure it's different for different people. I'd definitely suggest looking into some natural products, though.

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